Swollen feet is a condition where muscles in the feet have an excessive build up a fluid, making the feet appear larger than what they really are. The medical term for swelling is known as edema. Swollen feet are very popular among most people. However there are many factors that may cause a person foot to swell ranging from drugs to hormonal changes.
Causes of Swollen Feet
Some factors that will cause persons feet to swell include:
- Sodium retention
- Trauma to that particular area
- Muscle Injury to the feet
- Eating an unhealthy diet
- Birth control pills
- Allergic reactions
- Drug Abuse
Those are just reasons why a person's foot may swell, however some conditions may be more serious like problems, with your heart, liver or kidneys. So if you are experience foot swelling for no apparent reason, it is wise that you schedule an appointment with your doctor, just to make sure everything is okay. There are really no symptoms to tell if your foot is swollen or not, most likely you will know that you foot is swollen by looking at it, especially if it is larger than your other foot. However if both feet are swollen, it will be noticeable because it would look like a lot of fluid built up in your feet, which it is.
How to Treat Swollen Feet
The good news is that there are ways to prevent and treat swollen feet that can be done at home without any medical aid. Some helpful treatments are just to position your feet a certain way.
When sleeping elevate your feet
Wear support socks and stockings to help reduce swelling
Limit your salt intake
Exercise to keep circulation and the blood flowing
Drink lots and lots of water
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